Black Caucus Flexes Muscle In Dispute With Pelosi

November 17, 2010  |  

(NPR) — On the eve of House Democrats’ vote Wednesday on whether to keep Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their leader in the next Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus is still threatening to block her path unless she takes care of one of their own.  House Democratic leaders have yet to satisfy the demands of African-American lawmakers that Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina be given real authority as the third-ranking Democrat under Pelosi once the party returns to the minority in January. Some caucus members have suggested that they might side with moderate Democrats in a vote to restrict Pelosi’s power if she doesn’t clearly define the proposed role she has created for Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American lawmaker in Congress.

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